Upcoming Trainings and Events

Professional Media Relations (PMR)

Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20

A series of five half-day trainings

Become your own publicist. This five-session, intensive series is designed specifically for nonprofit communicators to plan media campaigns around one of their own stories, while learning basic public relations skills. The training sessions will provide hands-on guidance, as attendees develop a story and pitch it to journalists.

Register here.


Social Media Bootcamp (SMB)

Feb. 27, March 6 and March 20

A series of three half-day trainings

Are you struggling to create a social media strategy or vision for your organization? In this intermediate, three-day training, you will have ample time to dig into your social media strategy and engagement. You will leave with a concrete online communications plan and social media policy for your organization. This hands-on training bootcamp is designed for communications staff looking to learn the essential tools and tactics necessary to advance their organization’s social media efforts.

Register here.

Announcing the 2015 Studs Terkel Community Media Award Winners!

Innovative storytelling and philanthropy, the hallmarks of the 2015 Studs Terkel Community Media Award winners

For more than two decades, the Studs Terkel Community Media Awards have honored outstanding media professionals for excellent work in covering Chicago’s diverse communities.

The more than 60 journalists who have received the award in the past two decades are those that went the extra mile in sourcing stories, finding neighborhood voices and putting issues into a thoughtful context. This year’s winners are no different. They show that storytelling excellence is not bound to a specific platform producing work in print, on air and of course, online.

And now, the 2015 Studs Terkel Community Media Award winners are:

The Studs Terkel Uplifting Voices Award honors a supporter of innovative journalism and storytelling that lifts up community voices. This year’s winner is:

The 2015 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards will take place from 5-8pm, Thursday, March 12th at Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. Please join us for this fabulous celebration and opportunity to recognize the wonderful journalism that still thrives in Chicago.

Buy your tickets today

Tickets now available for the Studs Terkel Community Media Awards!

Great journalism holds up democracy.

It’s really that simple, that complex.

The Studs Terkel Community Media Awards honors journalists, who through their work and their caring have changed people’s lives.

We recognize not only those names you know, but amazing journalists you may not yet know.

Help us to keep doing this. Sponsor the awards today. Sponsor us at a higher level than you did last year. Give us a little bit more this year, to help us do a little bit more next year. We can’t do it without you.

And please join us on March 12th for a wonderful celebration.

Buy your tickets to the awards or submit your sponsorship pledge today. You can do so online, or mail donations to the Community Media Workshop, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605.

Thank you so much.





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